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Sunday, October 02, 2011

So Tired...

I have felt so incredibly flat this week.

I've sat in front of this computer for about ten minutes now, trying to find the energy to type. It's not that I have to write anything at all if I don't want to, but for some reason I need to.

This week, I've had more sleep than usual. Often ten hours a night. I'm used to more like seven (my preferred amount), and now I'm left wondering if I should have less sleep. Maybe then I'd feel better. To be honest, after almost twelve hours of deep sleep last night, I feel like I could crawl in to bed right now and snooze the afternoon away. Instead, I'm drinking coffee. Something I don't often do after midday, usually.

I did, however, manage a substantial bike ride yesterday, and even a forty-five minute workout on the treadmill (with Hubby beside me on his bike trainer as motivation). Maybe I'm tired because I finally got off my arse and did some exercise?! Maybe I'm tired because I have so much flying around in my head, that the thought of tackling it all is making me feel so tired. Maybe my boys have exhausted me during the first week of school holidays? We've done a lot this past week.

So, I have a couple of questions for you today:

What's your ultimate amount of sleep each night? When you're feeling really flat, what do you do to make yourself feel more alive? 


Corinne – Daze of My Life said...

My ultimate amount of sleep is 9 hours. I usually function on a lot less. About 5-6 broken hours since the birth of my first daughter. I'm a sleep champion but my husband and kids are crap sleepers.

When I'm feeling flat, a brisk walk or sit in the sunshine usually picks me up. Not really an option on a day like today. Otherwise, a good belly laugh usually energises me too.

Hope you're feeling better soon. x

Mum on the Run said...

7-8 hours is the way my head likes it.
The internal alarm clock will tolerate no more - if it is ever given the chance.
Exercise, sunshine and other people are my pick-me-ups. Helps if they other people aren't small, tantrum throwing leeches though!!

Aneets said...

I've had kids too long as I don't even remember what my best number of sleep hours is!
At the moment if I get 5 hours I can function OK. I usually wouldn't get much more sadly.

River said...

I usually get around 7-8 hours sleep, it's broken by a trip to the toilet most nights, but I'm able to fall back to sleep really easily.
I find that if I'm feeling sleepy during the day, I'll turn off everything and have a nap.
If this level of tiredness is uncommon for you, you may be in the first stages of coming down with something.
Is it a mental or a physical tiredness?

stinkb0mb said...

there is NOTHING worse than feeling tired and just not getting enough sleep. i've been like that the past month with bad dental pain, i was averaging around 4 hours a night.

thankfully now, after having two teeth pulled, i'm now averaging 8 to 9 hours a night which is just bliss.

unfortunately when i'm feeling really flat, the only thing that makes me feel more alive is more sleep but it's not always as easy as getting that extra sleep!

hope you're feeling more alive soon!


Miss Pink said...

I think it's the rain.
Seriously. I've felt the same way the last week with only a couple of days where i've felt good.
But i'm an insomniac so don't ask me.
I also have no idea how many "hours of sleep" I get because I wake constantly and have problems falling back asleep. I usually lay in bed for 9 hours though.

Melissa said...

I'm a sleep champion like Corrine and would easily sleep 9-10 hours a night if only my kids would let me. The best I get these days is around 8 hours, but only if I go to bed early. My sleep is usually broken by one of the kids (or both) paying a nocturnal visit and demanding water, or their light back on, or a cuddle... I'm expecting my third in February so am trying to log some sleep hours, even though I know it doesn’t work that way.

Susan @ Reading Upside Down said...

I've never really needed a lot of sleep. I often stay up until after midnight and then get up around 7am with the kids. I can survive on 6 - 7 hours a sleep a night for a few weeks at a time and then I recharge with a good 10 hours sleep and a lazy day of napping and dozing.

I recently started a medication which my GP reassured me would not make me sleepy at all. I napped during the day while the kids were at school, sometimes napped once I picked them up in the afternoon and was sleeping 10 - 11 hours at night. So much for not getting sleepy!

If I'm feeling a little flat and don't have the time for a nap, i find music revives me. Something upbeat is best.

If I'm more melancholy than tired, I find a few minutes on Twitter chatting with friends helps as well. Something to help me refocus and kind of kick start myself again for the day.

By the way, I'm imperssed by your exercise. Unfortunately, getting physically active is still firmly on my To Do list with no sign of actually making it into my daily routine. Keep going - maybe you'll inspire me to get up and get moving. :-)

wendy uplate said...

Hi Jodie, I'm glad I found your blog. I have three boys of similar ages to yours and can relate to some of your posts! Hey, if you’re wondering why you’re tired the first week of holidays with three boys will do it!
I could probably sleep all day and night if I was allowed but I'm naughty and stay up too late (it's the only way I can get any me-time without the kids around!) so I usually end up with about 5-6 hours of broken sleep a night. My ideal would be maybe 7.
I think it makes sense if you've been excercising more than usual (good for you) that you'd feel more tired. Just let your body get the sleep it needs if you can. Or you might be coming down with something - take it easy.
My favourite thing to do? I just need some headspace to myself so I might drive to the closest lake and take a walk with the pram, or even just read in the car by myself.

Lisa said...

I can't function with less than 7 hours sleep... but I prefer 9!
I've been tired this week too, I think it's the weather. We're all expecting it to be warm and sunny, afterall it is almost the middle of Spring! The clouds and the rain are just plain dreary!

Penny said...

I agree about the weather. Wish Sydney would could its act together. Global warming, my arse. And its not having time to yourself. Just yourself. Need this so bad. Its exhausting giving a piece of yourself to everyone and anyone.